James "Jim" F. Esslinger
James “Jim” F. Esslinger, 80, of Sherman, died at 5:19 p.m., Thursday, January 3, 2013 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born August 21, 1932 in Springfield, to John James and Sarah Marrin Esslinger. He married Connie Long on June 18, 1955 and she survives.
Also surviving are one son, David J. (Leslie) Esslinger of Alto Pass, IL; one daughter, Susan “Sue” ( John ) Kunz of Springfield; two grandchildren, Sarah (Patrick) Sullivan and Jennifer (Alex) Davenport; three great grandchildren; one brother, John “Jack” (Pat) Esslinger of Springfield; one sister, Mary Anne (Anthony) Ramos of Gurnee, IL and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
His parents preceded him in death.
Jim was a US Navy veteran serving as a Seabee during the Korean War era and helped build Subic Bay Air Field in the Philippine Islands. He was a member of St. Aloysius Church and Knights of Columbus #4175. He enjoyed his family, golf, making raisin pie and caramels. He was an avid Packers and Red Sox fan. He was a graduate of Cathedral Boys High School.
He was co-owner of Esslinger Masonry; was one of the ten original founding owners of King Pin Lanes; was a licensed Real Estate Broker and co-owner of Esslinger Real Estate and worked for the State of Illinois Secretary of State as the head of leasing of Drivers Services Facilities.
Visitation: 4-7 pm, Sunday, January 6, 2013 at Staab Funeral Home with a prayer service at 4 pm.
Funeral Mass: 10:30 am, Monday, January 7, 2013 at St. Aloysius Church with Monsignor Carl Kemme officiating. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.